• Fallen Walls

      I studied the weather for four days before making a break for the south, slipping between the winter storms along ice packed roads wreathed with snowflakes across sun-glazed plains in the direction of the Salt Lake Valley where much of the snow had evaporated under a stiff north­westerly wind and horses and cattle at… Read More

  • L’Affaire Markle

    The British monarchy is not glamorous, nor is it intended to be. It is ceremonial; not at all the same thing.  The British public is devoted to its royalty as an institution, and to the Royal Family themselves. But it does not look to them as a source of  vulgar entertainment. Instead it sees the… Read More

  • Il Miglior Comunicatore

    A revealing moment occurred last night on “The Story,” when Martha McCallum put up on the screen  a pair of TV clips in sequence. The first showed  Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate for president,  speaking on October 19, 1980 on the need for strength as a prerequisite for establishing and maintaining peace; the second President Donald… Read More

  • Il Miglior Comunicatore

    A revealing moment occurred last night on “The Story,” when Martha McCallum put up on the screen  a pair of TV clips in sequence. The first showed  Ronald Reagan, the Republican candidate for president,  speaking on October 19, 1980 on the need for strength as a prerequisite for establishing and maintaining peace; the second President Donald… Read More

  • Waterloo Next Time

    The term “rogue state” is an invention of neoconservatives and neoliberals alike. A more honest and direct one is “criminal state:” for examples, the Soviet Union, the People’s Republic of China, North Korea, Venezuela, and Iran. The instant incineration of Qassem Soleimani on the direct order of President Trump was exactly what the situation called… Read More

  • The Curse of Politics

    Blessed are they who live in a non-political age, insofar as there is any such thing. Aristotle, who defined man as the political animal, would have denied the possibility. Perhaps the curse of Cain is responsible. The model polity, in terms of domestic politics at least, should be economy as the Greeks understood the business:… Read More